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Clive Palmer

Clive Palmer is a businessman and politician from Australia. Moreover, Clive Palmer is best known for the wide reach of his business operations, which significantly included the mining company Mineralogy.

Early Life

Clive Frederick Palmer best known as Clive Palmer was born on March 26, 1954, in Footscray, Victoria, Australia. According to his birth date, he is 69 years old and holds Australian nationality.

Moreover, he has a birth sign of Aries and his ethical background is unknown. He believes in Roman Catholicism by religion. Moreover, he is the son of George Palmer (father) and Nancy McArthur (mother).

His parents moved to Queensland in 1963. However, there is no news regarding his siblings at the moment.


Talking about his academic career, he attended ‘St. Mary’s Primary School,’ ‘Aquinas College,’ ‘Southport State High School,’ and ‘Toowoomba Grammar School.’

He studied law and journalism at the “University of Queensland.” Later, he dropped out in 1975 and became a real estate agent.

Professional Career

Clive Palmer started engaging in the Queensland branch of the National Party of Australia in 1974. He took on many responsibilities and was quite active.  He was the National Party’s campaign director in the 1983 state election.

Success was achieved in the election. He established the mining company “Mineralogy” in 1984. The company owns more than 1,000 kilometers of land in Cape Preston, and its main output is iron ore.

He was the National Party’s communications director during the 1986 election campaign. He bought the Australian coal mining development business ‘Waratah Coal’ in 2008. At the time of purchase, a 4.4 billion tone resource was claimed.


He also bought Australia’s Gold Coast United football club in 2008. Even though he already had a company in China, he believed the team’s participation in the Asian Champions League would increase his fame in the country.

In 2009, he bought ‘Palmer Nickel and Cobalt Refinery’ and ‘Queensland Nickel.’ The following year, the business expanded its output by 30%. In 2012, he sold his ownership of the Gold Coast United football club. He had a falling out with the leadership of the ‘Liberal National Party’ in 2012.

He resigned from his life membership. In the same year, he established ‘Football Australia.’ ‘Football Australia,’ a competitor organization to ‘Football Federation Australia,’ has no international links. He was also named secretary general of the ‘World Leadership Alliance’ in 2012.

Political Career

On April 25, 2013, he began his political career by establishing the ‘Palmer United Party.’ In the 2013 Australian federal election, he won the Sunshine Coast seat of Fairfax, spending one term as an MP.

Palmer relaunched his party as the United Australia Party in 2018, despite formally de-registering it on May 5, 2017.

Clive Palmer

Caption: Clive Palmer giving his speech (Source: The Guardian)

He said that he would be running candidates for all 151 House of Representatives seats and later that he would run as a Queensland candidate for the Senate.  Despite heavy advertising, he and his party failed to win any seats in the 2019 federal election. Later, his party ran in the 2022 federal election and was successful in winning one Senate seat.

Clive Palmer – Awards

He was listed as an adjunct professor at “Deakin University’s Faculty of Business and Law” in 2002. He stayed in this position for the following four years, giving a range of lectures as part of his program and imparting his expertise in the fields of business and law.

A Gold Coast university called “Bond University” appointed him Adjunct Professor of Management in 2008 as a result of his significant company management and entrepreneurship experience.

Clive Palmer – Net Worth 2024

From his business and as a politician, he has collected a huge sum of money in his career. According to Financial Review 2021 Rich List, his net worth is estimated at around $13.01 billion

Relationship Status

This businessman married twice in his life. Firstly, he married Susan Palmer in 1983. With marriage, the couple has a son, Michael, and a daughter, Emily. But, Susan died of cancer in 2006. Later, he married Anna Topalov-Palmer in 2007. With the marriage, the couple has two daughters, Mary, and Lucy.

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Caption: Clive Palmer with her wife Anna Topalov-Palmer (Source: The Courier Mail)

Palmer was taken to the hospital in October 2009 after suffering what was thought to have been a heart attack while watching soccer.

However, health doctors regarded it as just a heart palpitation. Clive Palmer has had sleep apnea as well. Moreover, he was diagnosed with pneumonia and a positive COVID-19 test on February 27, 2022.

 Legal Issues

His businesses have repeatedly been the subject of legal issues, and he once listed litigation in his list of interests in Who’s Who. He has occasionally been involved in difficult court battles, and according to journalist Hedley Thomas, Palmer’s “lawyers take legal steps, presumably on his instructions, that prolong litigation and rack up costs for the other side,” which can leave his opponents without the funds necessary to continue their protection.

Body Measurements

This businessman stands 5 feet 3 inches tall and weighs around 95 kg. Moreover, he has brown eyes with white hair color and there is no other information regarding his other body measurements.

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Caption: Clive Palmer walking in the street (Source: The Courier Mail)

Social Media

On his Instagram page, there are more than 10.8k followers. Likewise, there are more than 202k followers on Facebook and more than 84.3k followers on Twitter.